Despite uncertainty in the political world last year about whether state Sen. Bill Larkin would run for a 14th Senate term, the 89-year-old lawmaker is set to hold a campaign fundraiser in Orange County tonight to fatten his coffers for yet another re-election race in 2018.
Invitations to the reception at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor came from Newburgh philanthropist Bill Kaplan – Larkin’s friend and chairman of his finance committee – and bill the event as a celebration of Larkin’s election victory four months ago. The reception is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m.; tickets cost $75, although corporate donors are encouraged to shell out anywhere from $500 to get a pair of tickets and their companies’ names displayed to $5,000 for a full table and the same promotion opportunities.
Larkin, a Republican who lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, won a resounding victory in November over Orange County Legislator Chris Eachus – a New Windsor Democrat who also challenged Larkin in 2012 – despite refusing to debate him or be interviewed. He had almost $55,000 in his campaign account as of January.